A Welcome from the Head of School
Literary and Creative Activity
Welcome to our School website. I hope that these pages will give you an insight into the amazing range of English Literature- and Creative Writing-related activity happening at Bangor. Here, literary study and creative possibility interact in new and ever-evolving ways. We have close links with Pontio, the University’s brand-new, £40million Arts Centre, and with vibrant student societies - including newspapers, film societies, and Bangor English Drama Society - which give students plenty of opportunities to shine beyond the classroom.
Outstanding Teaching and Research
Bangor offers a broad, flexible and exciting range of degrees and pathways at undergraduate and postgraduate level. We are one of the few universities in the UK where it is possible to study English Literature in a traditional, period-based way, or take a more innovative and specialized approach involving world-literature, experimental writing, four-nations British / Irish, or Arthurian, literature. Our teaching, rated extremely highly by our students, is thoroughly informed by our internationally-recognised, world-leading research.
An Inspiring location
Bangor is also unique for its incredible natural scenery. There is no better place to immerse yourself in literature or creative writing. On the one side, our School looks out over the historic Shankland Library, and beyond to Snowdon; on the other side, we overlook the Menai Straits and Anglesey. And yet we are just three hours from London by train, and about the same from Dublin by ferry! Bangor is the cultural capital of bilingual north Wales, situated in the geographical heart of these islands, from where we offer a unique perspective on Britain, Ireland and its constituent languages and nations. It is a great place to be.
A Place Where Bright Futures are Nurtured
In the School of English Literature, there are no arbitrary dividing lines between undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff. With award-winning pastoral care and one-to-one support, we get to know our students as individuals and enable them to pursue their own creative interests within a vibrant community of around 3-400 writers and critics, teachers and researchers, poets and novelists, many of whom are also part of a broader, thriving Arts and Humanities community.
Studying at Bangor is a stepping-stone to a successful future, and for most of our students, wherever their journey in life takes them, Bangor remains close to their hearts. They are always welcome on their return visits. I came to work in Bangor in 2011, and I love it here. I hope you too will visit us and experience this Welsh university city nestled between the mountains and the sea.
Head of School